Breakdancing is being recognized as an olympic sport as of Monday.
The move comes as the International Olympic Committee moves to bring a younger audience to the games, according to ESPN. Skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were also added to the 2024 Paris Games’ medal events program, the outlet reported.
Breakdancing cleared its final hurdle to feature in the Paris 2024 Games on Monday, bringing the wholly original, electric art form to sport’s biggest stage. https://t.co/SpjYHmQV5L
— Reuters Sports (@ReutersSports) December 7, 2020
The sports have been confirmed for the 2024 Paris Games, but will be debuted at the Tokyo Games which will be held the summer of 2021 after being postponed due to coronavirus. The IOC went ahead and confirmed the sports for 2024 despite not being tested at Tokyo yet, ESPN reported. (RELATED: Organizers Of Tokyo Olympics Say ‘Test Events’ Will Begin In March)
Breakdancing will be called “Breaking” at the Olympics. Adding the dancing to the list of Olympic sports was proposed by Paris organizers two years ago after it was included in the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, according to ESPN.
I’m excited to see new sports being added to the Olympics. It’s always good to be growing and evolving. I’m not sure anything can make the Summer Olympics as fun to watch as the Winter Olympics, but maybe this could bring in a younger audience.
Breakdancing could be as fun to watch as ice-skating, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
The rescheduled Tokyo Games are set to begin on July 23, 2021.